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Some Weeds Good Enough to Eat

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Some Weeds Good Enough to Eat
In the years I’ve been at the reception desk in the Kemper Center for Home Gardening, I have answered many gardening questions. The question that usually stumps me is ‘if it’s growing in my yard, why can’t I eat it?’ Of course, I did my research and found there are some plants growing in our yards that are edible. First of all, if you can’t identify the plant or haven't used a reputable book or website to identify a plant - don't eat it! Many common weeds a...
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Posted in: Summer | Tags: edible weeds | Comments (0) | View Count: (1867)

Sweet Dreams...

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Sweet Dreams...
Everyone needs a good night’s sleep for a healthy body and mind, but stress and anxiety can often keep you from getting the sleep you need. Can plants help?  Some people think they can and my experience says that can also. For example, to get the sleep I and my young  boys needed I turned to a common, fragrant plant for help. I knew lavender was good for relaxation, so I gave my boys lavender baths or sprayed lavender scent on the sheets to help with sleep. Also, my grandma g...
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Posted in: Winter | Tags: clean air , sleep , indoor plants | Comments (0) | View Count: (1766)

Journaling (for a Non-Journalist!)

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Journaling (for a Non-Journalist!)
As gardening chores have wound down for the winter here in the Midwest, I take time during these cold months to go back through my journal and mull over last season’s chronicle of garden activities.  As the years go by, I also enjoy reading past entries and muse at the “to do next year” notes which… never got done.  Still a lot of wonderful gardening did get done and I especially take delight in the random entries describing the antics of the many creatures tha...
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Posted in: Winter | Tags: journal , record keeping , planning | Comments (0) | View Count: (841)